Gov’t urged to declare entire Eastern Visayas under state of calamity

MANILA — Two lawmakers from Eastern Visayas on Wednesday urged the government to declare a state of calamity in the entire region after a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Leyte last week.

Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone and Samar Rep. Edgar Sarmiento made the call during a press briefing at the House of Representatives as they expressed concern over the economic losses that the region might suffer due to power outages.

Evardone cited the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), which said the region is marred by a daily economic loss of around PHP300 to PHP500 million due to power cuts.

Evardone also stressed the need for the rapid deployment of power barges and generators for the immediate restoration or partial availability of power within the quake-hit region.

For his part, Sarmiento called for a holistic approach to solve the region’s power crisis as he expressed hope that power will be restored in the affected areas by first week of August. Filane Milee Cervantes/PNA-northboundasia.com